The highlight of my Hong Kong trip last February next to Hong Kong Disneyland was really the food at the Club Intercontinental lounge in Hong Kong. I stayed in the InterContinental hotel for two nights and ate almost all my meals in their lounge.
My meals for two days were basically just breakfast and afternoon tea. No lunch or dinner. My first experience for afternoon tea was in The Willard Hotel in Washington DC. I thought I knew what to expect but seeing the buffet spread in the lounge just amazed and confused me. How can I possibly try everything?
I loved the inclusion of my favorite dim sum, bbq pork puff. I like pies more than sandwiches.
bbq puff pastry
Based on my previous dining experience at Harbourside, the hotel’s buffet restaurant I know the InterContinental hotel’s chefs make very, very good cakes and pastries. It was agony deciding what to choose.
This is what I ate on my first day.
The scones were good but had the tendency not to be crisp on some parts because it was placed in a chafing dish and it steamed a little. They served it with traditional Devonshire clotted cream and jam.
I loved the bbq pork puff and ricotta spinach puff. The smoked salmon sandwich was yummy too.
Since I loved everything on my first round I got the same things again plus the lovely apple crumble. It was a really good mini apple pie. The best I’ve eaten in Hong Kong.
The macaron looked really fancy but it wasn’t that good. The chocolate praline cake was deep, dark and luscious.
They had some new stuff for the next day.
whole wheat sandwich
fried meat dumplings, meat puff & mini spring rolls
The fried dumpling was cold and not so good. The puff pastry and spring roll fared a whole lot better.
I couldn’t resist getting another apple crumble. The cheesecake and chocolate raspberry cake were good choices too.
From my seat at the Club Lounge I could see the long lines waiting for a seat for High Tea at the hotel’s Lobby Lounge. Here’s a picture of what the tea set looked like. It cost HK$428 for 2 on weekdays and HK$488 on weekends.
Check out this blog with lots of pictures of the High Tea. The food served was identical to the ones in the Club Lounge.
I was more appreciative of my ‘free’ afternoon tea buffet. If I stayed in the hotel longer I would have still eaten there everyday since the food choices changed daily.
I did try the evening cocktails at the lounge once. They had small dishes of cod fish, duck and even steak plus all the wine and alcohol you can drink. I was still full from afternoon tea so I just had a small piece of cod and a mojito. It was too dark to take pictures.
Getting Club InterContinental access is a really a good deal if you want convenience and don’t want to be bothered to go out for your meals. I can attest that the food is good. I guess this would be perfect for businessmen in town for a short stay. But if you’re a tourist I’m sure you would want to explore all the restaurants in Hong Kong.
Intercontinental Hong Kong High Tea
Afternoon Tea 3:00-5:30 pm
Club InterContinental, 2nd Floor
High Tea at the Lobby Lounge
Tea Set for 2:
Weekdays except public holidays – HK$428
Weekends & public holidays – HK$488
plus 10% service charge
18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR
telephone: +852 2721 1211